Many Americans and American leaders believe that American support of Israel is the reason why the Muslim world hates America and if only Israel were to disappear most of America's problems would be over.  Andrew Bostom in an article titled America's First War on Terror ( 5/4/2006)  revealed that the Islam was at war with the United States long before Israel declared independence in 1948.  He wrote:

Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, then serving as American ambassadors to France and Britain, respectively, met in 1786 in London with the Tripolitan Ambassador to Britain, Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja. These future American presidents were attempting to negotiate a peace treaty which would spare the United States the ravages of jihad piracy—murder, enslavement (with ransoming for redemption), and expropriation of valuable commercial assets—emanating from the Barbary states (modern Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya, known collectively in Arabic as the Maghrib). During their discussions, they questioned Ambassador Adja as to the source of the unprovoked animus directed at the nascent United States republic. Jefferson and Adams, in their subsequent report to the Continental Congress, recorded the Tripolitan Ambassador’s justification:

"… that it was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise. "

Thus as Joshua London’s Victory in Tripoli elaborates in lucid prose, an aggressive jihad was already being waged against the United States almost 200 years prior to America becoming a dominant international power in the Middle East. Moreover, these jihad depredations targeting America antedated the earliest vestiges of the Zionist movement by a century, and the formal creation of Israel by 162 years—exploding the ahistorical canard that American support for the modern Jewish state is a prerequisite for jihadist attacks on the United States.

Hassan Butt, was once a member of radical group Al-Muhajiroun, raising funds for extremists and calling for attacks on British citizens.  In an article titled My Plea to Fellow Muslims he Wrote:

When I was still a member of what is probably best termed the British Jihadi Network , a series of semi-autonomous British Muslim terrorist groups linked by a single ideology, I remember how we used to laugh in celebration whenever people on TV proclaimed that the sole cause for Islamic acts of terror like 9/11, the Madrid bombings and 7/7 was Western foreign policy.

By blaming the government for our actions, those who pushed the 'Blair's bombs' line did our propaganda work for us. More important, they also helped to draw away any critical examination from the real engine of our violence: Islamic theology.

Friday's attempt to cause mass destruction in London with strategically placed car bombs is so reminiscent of other recent British Islamic extremist plots that it is likely to have been carried out by my former peers.

And as with previous terror attacks, people are again articulating the line that violence carried out by Muslims is all to do with foreign policy. For example, yesterday on Radio 4's Today programme, the mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, said: 'What all our intelligence shows about the opinions of disaffected young Muslims is the main driving force is not Afghanistan, it is mainly Iraq.'

He then refused to acknowledge the role of Islamist ideology in terrorism...

l left the British Jihadi Network in February 2006, but if I were still fighting for their cause, I'd be laughing once again. Mohammad Sidique Khan, the leader of the 7 July bombings, and I were both part of the BJN - I met him on two occasions - and though many British extremists are angered by the deaths of fellow Muslim across the world, what drove me and many of my peers to plot acts of extreme terror within Britain, our own homeland and abroad, was a sense that we were fighting for the creation of a revolutionary state that would eventually bring Islamic justice to the world.

    Tawfik Hamid a former Jihadi wrote that Salafi doctrine is at the root of the West's confrontation with Islamism.  (The Herald Examiner 9/2007 reprinted from the Hudson Institute)

    The following story from Saudi Arabia Exposed shows how the motivation to do something for Allah drives Muslims to violence.  It also shows that poverty was not the issue for the September 11 hijackers.

As we watched the Al-Jazeera documentary on the September 11 attacks, Mohammed told his driver to bring for us the only thing he ever ate: American junk food.  Soon wrappers of burgers and fries from Hardee's and empty Coca Cola cans, littered the floor.  They added to an increasingly surreal occasion.  He became engrossed in the anti-Western documentary while sitting with a British friend, as we chain smoked American cigarettes and spoke only in English (a language he loved and was desperate to improve his proficiency in).

Toward the end of the documentary, an Imam was shown reciting the line from the Qu'ran that the lead hijacker, Egyptian Mohammed Atta, had reprinted on the cover of his doctoral thesis in Hamburg: "Say. My prayer and my sacrifice and my life and my death are [all] fro Allah, the Lord of the worlds."  The Imam's voice grew ever-more emotional, hysterical even, as images of the two planes crashing into the Twin Towers were relayed in slow motion, followed by terrifying shots of men and women jumping from the windows of the burning buildings.

Mohammed was fighting back tears.  "They had everything and they gave it all up for Allah," he said quietly, in reference to the fact that the hijackers, had like him, mostly benefited from relatively privileged backgrounds and a good education.  "Look at me! I haven't sacrificed anything at all.  I'm ashamed."

   What about the people who are motivated by the deaths of fellow Muslims around the world?  Couldn't one argue that some of those deaths are caused by Western foreign policy and so Western foreign policy was responsible?  This theory puts the cart before the horse.  Generally the West intervenes in response to Muslims violence. 

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